Waffle Party Menu

Waffle Party | A Couple Cooks

This post is one in a series we’re planning to publish on integrating healthy cooking into your lifestyle. Here’s our main thesis: healthy eating should be fun, and easy to incorporate in everyday life. One of the most effective ways we’ve found is cooking with friends as entertainment. Instead of eating fast or frozen food to save time, make brunch as your activity together! Savor the time cooking wholesome food while chatting and enjoying each other’s company.

We were in Denver last weekend to visit the fabulous women behind Oh Ladycakes (Ashlae) and Edible Perspective (Ashley), and who hosted the brunch party that we’re sharing with you today. Granted, traditional waffles aren’t the healthiest of brunch options, but these ladies know how to make a wholesome waffle right. The waffle recipes were all made with whole grains like buckwheat and oat flour, with plant-based and gluten-free options. Toppings included homemade cinnamon almond butter and healthy chia jam, both made with natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. Due to the whole grains and the protein in the almond butter, the meal was incredibly filling and stuck with us for most of the day (Alex and I prefer using whole grains for pancakes and waffles for that reason).

Ashley whipped up some of her homemade vanilla almond milk (to die for!), and Alex made us super strong dark roast coffee in our new Aeropress. We took our time and relished the slow, sunny morning together. It was…perfect.

A few tips for your own waffle party:

  • It’s helpful to make toppings like almond butter and chia jam in advance, so you can focus on cooking waffles and chatting with guests the day of.
  • Make sure to use real maple syrup for toppings – there is no substitute!
  • If you’re into savory or lower sugar consumption, we added a savory waffle recipe of our own in the menu below.
  • My favorite were the carrot cake waffles: they had a lovely light and fluffy texture, along with being flavorful and filling.
  • This menu is great for guests with special diets, with options for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.

The photos of our brunch are below the menu, shot by Alex. He did a fantastic job capturing our magical, lazy morning. And a huge thanks to Ashley and Ashlae for the recipes and putting everything together! We had a ball.

Waffle Party Menu

Carrot Cake Waffles {Gluten-Free} (Edible Perspective for Craftsy.com)

Cornbread Waffles {Gluten-Free} (Edible Perspective)

Buckwheat Waffles {Gluten-Free} (Oh Ladycakes)

Whole Wheat Chive Waffles with Poached Egg (A Couple Cooks)

Roasted Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter (Edible Perspective)

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam (Edible Perspective)

Coconut Whipped Cream (Oh Ladycakes)

Maple syrup

Chopped walnuts

Vanilla Almond Milk (Edible Perspective)


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Waffle Party | A Couple Cooks

Ashley McLaughlin (Edible Perspective), Sonja, Ashlae Warner (Oh Ladycakes), and Alex behind the camera :)

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    Heidi @foodiecrush
    April 22, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Nothing better than getting together and sharing forks with fellow bloggers. Love the tips on how to create your own waffle get together, now I just have to figure out which waffle recipes to start with first.

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    April 22, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    This looks lovely! I can’t wait to try the buckwheat and carrot cake pancakes. I’m a total sucker for all things carrot cake, and I recently got into buckwheat soba noodles as a filling lunch item. I bet the waffles are also super filling.

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    April 22, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    So fun. You all are too cute.

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    April 23, 2015 at 2:48 am

    we love waffles! Never tried to make them healthy before so keen to try! The carrot cake ones sound amazing but the link is not working! Says page not found!!!

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      April 23, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Hi Elyse! The recipe just went live on Craftsy this morning. If you check the link again you’ll see it! :)

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    April 23, 2015 at 4:22 am

    Look at those lovely ladies! This looks like such a fun way to spend the morning together and such a delicious menu. I’m having mega waffle cravings now…

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    April 23, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Just think, if you guys lived here we could do that EVERY WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

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    April 23, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Waffle party?! Yes, please! This sounds like so much fun. I’m dying to try the carrot cake waffles. They sound delicious!

    XO – Sarah

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    April 23, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I feel like…did this day really happen? It was so surreal to finally meet and then cook a waffle feast together in my kitchen. It’s also the first time someone else has taken photos in my little photo corner and around my house, and I am in love with them!! It’s so fun seeing someone else’s perspective in the same space. Brunch parties are seriously the best. A morning I will cherish forever! I’m definitely framing that first photo and hanging it in my office. Love you guys + Ash!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    April 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

    This party sounds like the best activity EVER!! You guys are the best…and so are those flavours!

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    Jessica Nunemaker
    April 23, 2015 at 10:51 am

    What a great idea! I see this as being a hit when our boys have sleepovers. :) Pinned!

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    April 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    What a dream! This waffle party looks absolutely fabulous! So many food blogger #girlcrushes in one room!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    April 23, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    What an incredible party idea. Looked like so much fun, and I love the combination of toppings here. I usually go for pure maple syrup, which isn’t bad of course, but the chia jam and nut butter combo looks delicious.

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    April 24, 2015 at 6:22 am

    It looks as though you had so much FUN, AND left with a full tummy. Perfect.
    Now all I need is a waffle maker :)
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    April 24, 2015 at 8:34 am

    What a lovely brunch!!! Waffles made with whole grains and interesting flours are just so tasty. The photos look wonderful, and you seem like such a happy bunch. I think those carrot cake waffles need to happen soon in my kitchen.

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    Nina at FocusedonFit.com
    April 25, 2015 at 6:16 am

    What an adorable idea! I’m in love with waffles (much better than pancakes) and I’m loving the idea of bringing friends together to build brunch. Need to try that savory waffle…been thinking that’s next on the list at our house!

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